The Bollywood Bride

By Sonali Dev
Read by Priya Ayyar

9.92 Hours 09/29/2015 unabridged
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Ria Parkar is Bollywood’s favorite ice princess—beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof—until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar. Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria’s exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love—until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom, and it’s taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she’s been guarding for everyone else’s benefit—and a chance to stop acting and start living. Rich with details of modern Indian American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

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Summary

Summary

A 2015 Washington Post Best Book in Romance Novels

One of NPR’s Great Reads of 2015

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 for Romance Novels

Finalist for the 2015 RT Book Reviews Award for Multicultural Romance

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of Best Reads for Fall 2015

A BookRiot Pick of 10 Romance Books to Get Excited About

A GoodReads Readers’ Choice for Best Romance of the Month

Ria Parkar is Bollywood’s favorite ice princess—beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof—until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.

Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria’s exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love—until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom, and it’s taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she’s been guarding for everyone else’s benefit—and a chance to stop acting and start living.

Rich with details of modern Indian American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A lush, emotional, vivid story…told in a breathtaking, lyrical voice.” Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author
“Raw and powerfully emotional.” Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
“A vibrant, emotional story…Dev deftly weaves themes of family and friendship into a beautiful romance…all while tackling issues of mental illness, family expectations, and celebrity.” Washington Post
“Dev delivers an emotionally powerful and poignant story…Dev does a remarkable job developing a unique and moving love story that is brimming with sentiment, sacrifice, and hope. Truly unforgettable!” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)
“Even for those unfamiliar with the vocal nuances of the Indian community, narrator Priya Ayyar distinguishes with finesse between the uneducated maid, the up-and-coming film hero, the professor, and everyone in between…Well executed and enjoyable.” AudioFile
“Dev’s exquisitely written second novel seamlessly integrates the explosive tension of Ria and Vikram’s love story with the universal complications of family, identity, and feeling like an outsider…A bright, beautiful gem.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The cultural details of Mumbai and of Chicago’s Indian immigrant community are well handled, and the book’s attitude towards mental illness is an interesting cross between Indian and American social norms.” Publishers Weekly
“For those who like substance with their steamy romance, this novel is both a sexy love story and an exploration of how a tormented young woman learns to overcome family turmoil and look forward to a future with the man she loves.” Library Journal
“Dev’s prose captures the rich and unique beauty of Indian culture while telling a story that is complex, culturally accurate, and full of emotion.” Booklist
“Filled with complexity of characters, rich sense of family love, and enticing peeks into a culture…Dev’s ability to weave these elements throughout the story is admirable, and she has created a lush, satisfying second-chance-at-love tapestry.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev is an award-winning author who writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Her novels have been on the best books of the year lists from Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus Reviews. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance in 2014, was a finalist for the RITA Award, a nominee for the RT Book Reviews’ Reviewers’ Choice Award, and winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her very patient and often amused husband, two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog. Find out more at sonalidev.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English